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Photo of the Month
July 2020
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First-time author and long-time theatrical manager Mary "Michele" Miner -- granddaughter of Clyde Calvin and Bertha (Smith) Miner of St. Louis -- signs copies of her new novel, Their Moon Was Cardboard, published earlier this year. Michele's plot revolves around the fictional Southern California character Matthey Cole, a "successful freelance production stage manager, currently working at the Parkinson Hopkins Theatre on a world premiere, [who] becomes involved in murder, the NSA, sex and maybe drug trafficking while trying to get her show open,." she writes. "Just part of the job for a stage manager in Los Angeles."

Michele has spent years as a freelance theatrical production stage manager, logging such Broadway credits as Division Street (1980) and Burn This (1987, starring John Malkovich). From there she became a production manager at Pomona College where she also taught for six years. Today she and her husband are involved with Parson's Nose Theater in Pasadena, a company known for performing professional, 90 minute adaptations of classics. She first made contact with the founder of this website in early 2004, and has remained interested in her pioneer Ohio roots of more than two centuries ago.

Michele's better half, Paul Perri, is a noted Broadway, Off Broadway, film and television actor. His Wikipedia page says he is "best known for portraying Edwards and Skinless Parker in Hellraiser: Bloodline, Harry Hume from Chaos, and as Dr. Sidney Bloom from Manhunter." He's also played parts in episodes of Seinfeld, ER, Frasier, NYPD Blue, The West Wing and Grey's Anatomy. Paul's Broadway credits include Burn This, A View From the Bridge, Macbeth and The Bacchae. His Los Angeles regional credits range from God's Man In Texas, True West and Hitler's Head to Ivanov, Golden Boy, Hurlyburly, Counselor-At-Law, Day and Nights Within, Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labours Lost. Paul has performed for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory and Cohoes Music Hall. His film credits include The Insider, Freeway, Gathering Evidence, Demolition Man, Memoirs of An Invisible Man and Delta Force II, while his TV credits include Battlestar Gallactica, Killer Instinct, CSI: New York, Smallville, Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone.

See other cousin-authors and their books as the "Photo of the Month" in December 2017 - December 2016 - and March 2016.


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